Papendorf recipient of CFCU’s spring FVTC scholarship

For Matt Papendorf, earning an associate degree in Business Management from Fox Valley Technical College will lay the groundwork and provide flexibility for his future career success both near term and long term.
Matt Papendorf The Clintonville area resident, who is on track to graduate in December with a 4.0 GPA, is the recipient of the $500 Community First Credit Union spring semester scholarship from the FVTC Foundation.
For the past three years, while also attending classes at the Appleton FVTC campus and the Public Training Safety Center, he has been an equipment operator for Waupaca County Highway Department. He operates dump trucks hauling asphalt and gravel plus bulldozers and rollers while performing road maintenance, and plowing snow in the winter.
But, Matt’s long-term goal is to become a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper.
“I have always had a desire to lead, rather than sit around and take orders,” he said. “This degree prepares me with the necessary requirements to take charge and hopefully land a job where it is relevant.”
Matt chose to pursue Business Management “because it is very general and transfers to a variety of careers. It also provides me with the foundations to branch off as my own boss in the future if I would want to.”
A 2017 graduate of Clintonville High School, Matt lives on the family farm north of Clintonville. He has followed in his grandfather’s and uncle’s footsteps since October 2018 as a paid on-call member of the Town of Pella Fire Department. He became a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and volunteers with the Pella First Responders.
“I wanted to join to help my community,” said Matt. “I have always felt the need to do more for my community. I want to give back.”
By summer, Matt plans to seek out a job in law enforcement, hoping to get chosen for the State Patrol Academy. “I knew I wanted to do more with life and at work than be an operator or laborer,” Matt said.  
Community First Credit Union sponsors a $500 scholarship annually in the spring and fall semesters at Fox Valley Technical College for deserving students who apply through the FVTC Foundation. Scholarship applications from currently enrolled FVTC students are accepted starting in late August and in mid-January for a limited time period. Learn more at
“I am so appreciative and grateful to Community First for this scholarship,” he said. “It has been a struggle trying to pay for school while working full-time. Now, I am able to focus more on school and less on worrying over money.”

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